The famous Elomi crooner, Tsalt, talks about music, regrets, successes and life in general in this interview.
Q: For sometime, I personally have been hearing the name Tsalt, who is Tsalt?
A: TSalt is full of music.
Q: How was growing up like for you?
A: Sweet, tough, rough, yeah.
Q: Mind giving an insight on your educational prowess?
A: I’m actually a graduate of University Of Education Winneba, Ghana and I studied Information Technology.
Q: What inspired your stage name?
A: Got the name through dream while I was asleep
Q: Is your stage name originally Tsalt or Tsalt Elomi?
A: TSalt. Some people don’t know me by TSalt, they prefer to call me Elomi due to the heavy trend. Even till date Elomi Elomi
Q: What does Music mean to you?
A: It means so much to me because I already had an insight of how my future looks like with music, all thanks to God and dedication towards achieving greatness.
Q: Who or what inspired you into making music?
A: Late Dagrin inspired me before few of my old friends made me realize how wonderful it would be if i can take music so serious.
Q: How would you describe your style of music?
A: Afro hip hop
Q: The journey so far, how did it occur to you that that you can sing, what made you want to do music; like there are a lot of other things out there you could do why music?
A: I discovered my talent in 2010 and has I have said before, few of my friends back in university days. I developed my passion with what God showed me and remember I said my name TSalt came from sleep but am not Joseph lol . Music is my life my everything so nothing.
Q: How do you create your music? (Process)
A: Most of the time my life experiences but also I do make use of what happens around me.
Q: How easy have you found this so far, from the point of composing to the final stage of getting heard?
A: Very easy but I worked hard for it . Alhamdulilah to the most high God.
Q: Are you by any chance signed to a label?
Q: Which stage would you say is the most difficult part of making music judging from your experience as an artist so far?
A: When you are trending as an artiste you need energy and grace to carry on before the blow comes. Since Elomi and Koto Aye gave me a platform without record label or not to talk of management or personal manager, so you should know the pressure was very much but today I am fine and still chasing my dreams no stopping.
Q: Are you a fan or strictly business?
Q: In the (Nigerian) music industry presently, which artiste would you love to collaborate with?
Q: Which artistes have you featured and those you are hoping to feature?
A: I have worked with the likes of Jaywon, Baseone, Mz Kiss, Davolee, Candybleakz, Mohbad, Otega, Mr Bee, Trod, Superwozzy, Diamond Jimma, Kleen . I am looking forward to work with Davido, Wizkid, Zlatan, Olamide, Reminisce, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage and many more.
Q: How does it feel like having your music everywhere?Because I remember your tracks, Elomi and Koto Aye was everywhere.
A: It makes me feel special like TSalt, you have done well and you must continue to put in more energy because I am yet to bring my best to the industry. Am just happy my sleepless nights are really touching lives.
Q: What inspired the track Elomi?
A: It just came as a normal inspiration but I see people welcomed the song because of the content.
Q: What inspired Koto Aye?
A: Koto Aye happens to be the story of my life. We all have our stories.
Q: How would you describe the success of your last track?
A: Great with the content of the song.
Q: When should we expect your incoming track; Grace?
A: GRACE is dropping this week!
Q: WOW! What inspired the track?
A: Pain inspired it and all kudos to Kleen who took the chorus.
Q: How far do you see the track going?
A: I don’t know the number of streams coming but I know the song is an evergreen song. A song people would love to listen and listen again.
Q: Going by the flow of your previous tracks, one would say past experiences can be seen in the lyrical content; why those kind of songs? Why not love or other societal things?
A: Yeah as I have said before, most of my songs are about my life experiences. I have other songs also available on all platforms but I just chose to be an inspiring person.
Q: Do you play any musical instrument? If yes, does it have a name?
A: Not at all but I wish to learn.
Q: What’s your favorite song to perform?
A: Koto Aye of course.
Q: Which famous musician do you admire?
Q: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
A: To love and respect but I see that not happening. The industry is so fake, so I see it not happening just like our Government.
Q: Are there hidden meanings or feelings behind your music?(lyrics)
A: Nothing hidden.
Q: If you could date any musician or celebrity, who would it be and why?
A: For now I don’t know what to say, lol.
Q: Do you think you could get any better as a musician? How do you plan on achieving that?
A: Yes. Just need to be more consistent and grace of God to speak.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
A: Talent can only make people to fall for your music but with good mindset towards your fellow man, you can last well to impact more sounds.
Q: What’s your greatest regret as an artiste and as a person?
A: My greatest regret as an artiste, well I don’t know what to say but I know to rise you must have failed many times. And as a person, that has to be when I decided not to go to America for my masters degree just because of music. WOW!
Q: If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
A: Firstly without fans I wouldn’t have come this far. I appreciate everyone supporting my brand and I urge my fans to do more.